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School Improvement Planning

We never rest on our laurels as a school and despite having our best year yet in terms of KS2 SAT progress this summer, we are constantly looking at how we can improve the learning experience for your children and better prepare them for life when they leave us.


Each year we produce a “School Improvement Plan” that shows the priorities for development and investment over the coming year. Below are some of the things we aim to develop in the near future:


Homework policy – Particularly in KS2, we want a more robust system that can meet the needs of all pupils but also be flexible enough to consider the time constraints some of our children have as well as respecting their right to a rich home life. KS2 children should be receiving more information about this in the next week or so. This comes as a direct response to the questionnaires we sent out at the end of last term.


Parental access to assessment data – Peafield Lane Academy are taking a lead in developing new assessment systems that parents and children will find more easy to understand. Alongside this, an objective is to provide parents with up to date information that they can access securely online and link that to guidance and advice on how they can better support their children at home. We’re developing the systems now with a view to trialling and tweaking by the end of term. We’ve been tasked with having it ready to roll out to other schools by February half term. Expect to hear more at the beginning of next term.


School Radio - For decades, school children typically produce work that goes nowhere other than their books or, if they are lucky, it gets stuck to a wall. We want to provide them with another outlet for their creativity. With stories, plays, music, news broadcasts, weather reports, etc., etc., we are planning to introduce a live web streaming radio station that anyone can tune into. You could be at home or at work, listening to great music and hearing what our children are learning about or even hear your child presenting live on air. We aim to be up and running by about Christmas.


These are just a few of the things we’re developing this year that we thought you be interested in.


Nurse Drop in

Each half term the school is hosting a confidential drop in surgery with the school nurse. You can come along and speak to the nurse about any concerns you have about your child’s development such as hearing, vision, diet, bedwetting, behaviour, etc. The next drop in will be on 20th November from 3:15 – 4:30. Text reminders will be sent closer to the date. For illness and ailments please see your GP or contact NHS direct (telephone 111)



Sickness bug

Whilst we’re on the subject of illness, there is a sicky-bug going around school. It hasn’t yet reached the levels of concern of the norovirus bug last year when some schools closed down but we really do need to be vigilant. Hand sanitizers are spread throughout school – please feel free to use them if you’re in, helping out, etc. If your child is sick then they should remain off school for the whole of the next day after their last bout of sickness/diarrhoea. See http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Symptoms.aspx if you would like more information.



The school is also acting as an outreach point for Mansfield Woodhouse Children’s Centre each Wednesday from 1:30 – 3pm. If you have a preschool child and wish to come along to the school hall then you’ll be most welcome. For more information call 01623 666370.


Infant lunches

As always, you are free to choose whether to have school dinners or send a packed lunch. We would like to remind you that all children from reception to the end of year 2 do not need to pay for school dinners. All we require is that they tell their class teacher in the morning that they’ll be having a dinner. The new menu will be available next week.



Our festival assembly will take place on 8th October. As usual we ask if anyone has any donations of food items they will be very much appreciated. We will be delivering to local charities during the day.


Outside Fridays!

Parents of children in KS1 will be aware that each Friday lessons are focussing on the local environment with river studies, forest walks, allotment work and so on. If you would like to help out we could really do with the extra bodies. See any of the KS1 staff if you would like to be involved.


Parents’ Evenings

Monday 20th and Wednesday 22 October. As we’ve already run the general ‘this is how we work’ meeting at the end of last year, we’re going back to the old 1:1 meetings where parents will have the opportunity to book a slot with their class teacher. A separate letter will be sent out next week.


And finally…

Congratulations to our children who, this week, have won the Mansfield Cross-Country Running Championship. Both girls and boys teams won their events comfortably – A super start to our sporting calendar!


As always, you can follow what is happening in school through regular text messages, through the website and on Twitter.

Look back with pride and forward with confidence